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Research Specialist - Crop and Soil Sciences
North Carolina State University in Zebulon, North Carolina
Date Posted 06/24/2022
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Salary Commensurate with Experience ($45,000 - $50,000) -  
Employment Type Full Time
Application Deadline Open until filled

Posting Number


Internal Recruitment


Working Title

Research Specialist - Crop and Soil Sciences

Anticipated Hiring Range

Commensurate with Experience ($45,000 - $50,000)

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday, 8am-5pm (occasional overtime and some weekends)

Job Location

Zebulon, NC


Crop and Soil Sciences

About the Department

Crop Science is a diverse discipline that encompasses research, extension and teaching related to the genetic improvement, production and utilization of agronomic and turfgrass crops. From genetically altering crop plants to withstand drought, to management of biofuel crops, our scientists are working to feed, fuel, and clothe our world’s growing population.

Essential Job Duties

The Research Specialist for the NC Foundation Seed program will assist in all activities of seed production of various small grains, soybean, and peanut. The incumbent will assist in seed harvest operations that would include but are not limited to; hauling grain from assigned contract growers and unloading at the warehouse into large grain bins or harvesting small plot seed increases with the combine. The incumbent must know North Carolina Seed Certification Standards for various small grains, peanuts, and soybean. They must have a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) with air brakes to drive large trucks for hauling seed and have a pesticide applicators license with a seed treatment.

The Specialist will assist in seed conditioning to remove weed seed, other crop seed, and immature and poor quality seed to the point of quality seed production. They will be responsible to facilitate modifying the seed processing line to handle the various pieces of equipment used for conditioning. The incumbent will also assist with the maintenance of the various seed storage facilities and machinery for conditioning.

The incumbent will also need to have knowledge of complex machinery that must come from on-the-job experience. These machines are unique to the seed industry. They must be knowledgeable and competent to learn how to operate complex machinery and vehicles such as tractors, planters, spray rigs, and combines. The incumbent should be familiar with certification standards and how they apply to various crops for fields of seed production to pass which would include isolation distance from similar crops and limited disease and weed incidence, and limitations on off-type plants.

This position is located in Zebulon, NC.

Other Responsibilities

The incumbent will also assist with data tabulation for presentation to growers and the Board of Directors of NC Foundation Seed. Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Experience/Education

Bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to the area of assignment; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Other Required Qualifications

  • Ability to drive a forklift, tractor, combine, large truck and operate machinery as a welder, grinder, etc.
  • Must have working knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs. repetitively, with or without reasonable accommodations
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to work in tough environmental conditions

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree degree or an equivalent combination of training and/or relevant experience.
  • Excellent Communication Skills.

Required License or Certification

  • Valid CDL Class B (Airbrakes) license or the ability to obtain one.
  • Valid NC Pesticide Applicators License (Seed Treatment Endorsement) or the ability to obtain one within 90 days of hire.

Valid NC Driver's License required


Commercial Driver's License Required?


Job Open Date


Earliest Close Date---- (Positions will be posted until 5:00 PM ET on this date. Positions remaining posted after this date are still accepting applications but may close at any time.)


Notice to Applicants

Please make sure that the work history listed on your application is identical to the work history listed on your resume.

Special Instructions

Please attach a Cover Letter, CV, and contact information for three (3) professional references.

Position Number


Position Type


Position Classification Band Title

Research Specialist

Position Classification Band Level


Position Classification Salary Range

$36,363 - $87,527

Salary Grade Equivalency


Alternate Option

If no applicants apply who meet the required competency level and training & experience requirements, then management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies, equity, budget, and market considerations.

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week)



12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events

Mandatory - Medical Emergencies

Time Limited Position


Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?


Department Id

110901 - Crop and Soil Sciences


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or workatncstate@ncsu.edu. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.
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